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As I told you on my Little Photo review, I am hunting for the perfect camera application for Android. Today’s contender is called Vignette. It’s a commercial application which currently retails for $4 on the Market – not inexpensive for an Android app. But with an average rating of 4.1 out of over 5,400 reviews, it must be doing something right.
When I covered Dexpot some time ago, readers Colugo and Mick were quick to point me in the direction of VirtuaWin as a lightweight, fast alternative virtual desktop software. Encouraged by their feedback, I decided to take VirtuaWin on a thorough spin and I am back to report my findings.
A dictionary used to be a heavy book, difficult to lug around. If you came across a word you didn’t quite understand, you might have just tried to figure out what it means based on the context. Then the Internet came along, and dictionaries went online. Then mobile devices started landing in people’s pockets, making online dictionaries even more accessible.
I’m a proud Google Apps user. I love the platform, and it adds a lot of value to my domain. But sadly, Google has not yet deemed it worthy of Google Profiles. This in turn means you can’t use Google+ with your Google Apps account. GClient is a desktop client, actually a mini-browser of sorts, just for Google Plus.
The other day, I was checking out a freeware app called Folder Axe; it’s a lovely utility with an equally-lovely website, that feels elegant and professionally crafted. Imagine my surprise when I scrolled down to the site’s footer and discovered it is powered by (and created using) a free service for creating websites, called Weebly.
Tapping out a text message on a touchscreen is not my idea of a good time. Annoying typos happen, and even once you gain some skill, the process still feels irritating. I first heard about sliding keyboards via the much-hyped Swype keyboard. But Swype seems to be eternally in Beta, and was difficult to get a hold of. So I set out to find a good sliding keyboard that I could actually install and use, and I found SlideIT.
I’m out to find the perfect camera app for Android. I’ve recently reviewed Camera360 and Lightbox Photos and there are a few other powerful cameras on the market (including Vignette, which I will be reviewing soon) but today I’m going to focus on Little Photo. There are a few things that set this neat camera/effects app apart.
Historically, backup applications have been similar to insurance policies: They just lie there in the background, and you hope that if one day catastrophe strikes, they will work as promised and get you out of a tight spot. When Time Machine first came out for Mac, it transformed all that. As a PC user, this is one Mac feature that I really envied. So I started digging around and eventually found Oops!Backup.
Some time ago I wrote about an alternative console client for Windows called Console. These was a fairly lively discussion in the comments, so I figured I’d share another interesting console client I found; this one is called ColorConsole, and it’s tiny, portable and free. The premise is quite similar to Console.
There’s a famous Dilbert strip where Dilbert says “I can’t do my work because the Internet is too fascinating”. If you’ve ever felt this way, perhaps Read it Later can find a place in your life. In a nutshell, Read it Later is a service that lets you save interesting articles you come across and don’t have time to read right away.
Prox for Android lets you gently tilt your device to one side, wave your hand over it, and the Messaging app opens. Tilt it to another side, wave again, and the browser launches. You can also open and close the notification bar with a simple wave of the hand. It definitely adds a bit of dramatic flair to the Android experience.
I spend a large chunk of my life in front of my computer. For those rare times I need to leave my chair and actually go do something in the real world, I sometimes want to take a chunk of the Web with me. Google already offers something called Chrome to Phone, but it’s very limited. It works only with Chrome, and only with Android devices.
I have been professionally blogging about software for over two years now, and The Man With No Life is hands-down the best name for an app I’ve covered so far. It has absolutely nothing to do with what the application does, and couldn’t be farther than traditional SEO wisdom. In a nutshell, it’s a free YouTube downloader for Windows.
In recent times, we see more and more smartphones with 5 megapixel cameras, LED flashes, and processors powerful enough to create some very interesting images. What remains is the software – and as you may have noticed, this space is exploding with apps vying to be your default camera app, one of them being Camera360.
I love my smartphone. But there’s just one thing that scares me. What if someone steals it, or I lose it? My life is on that thing. It’s a treasure trove of personal information. Definitely not something I’d like to see fall into the wrong hands! If it ever does, Cirrus Manager will be the first site I turn to.